Last year’s NBA Playgrounds didn’t quite live up its “NBA Jam for a new generation!” promise, but it seems the game was successful enough to warrant a sequel, as NBA Playgrounds 2 has been announced for later this year. You can check out a cinematic hype trailer for Playgrounds 2, below.
NBA Playgrounds 2 will add some depth to its bench with a new Season mode and online league play. Here’s the rundown from publisher Saber Interactive:
Championship mode introduces a new worldwide ranked league system, featuring a wide range of competitive solo and co-op division ladders for players to climb.
Season mode is a new single-player experience that recreates the feeling of leading a team through the regular season, playoffs, and, ultimately, the NBA Championship itself.
There’s also improved matchmaking with dedicated servers, the arrival of four-player online matches, the return of three-point contests, custom matches, and more – pick your team and play without limits!
Of course, Playgrounds 2 will once again feature a full line-up of past and present NBA stars:
NBA Playgrounds 2 will launch with a roster of over 200 current and retired NBA players – including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Dr. J., Allen Iverson and Larry Bird. There are new moves and power-ups to bust out, improved AI, and new player models and animations.
Sounds like NBA Playgrounds 2 will deliver plenty of content, but will it actually play well? The original Playgrounds just wasn’t as fun, fluid, or accessible as it could be, so hopefully the sequel is tuning up its fundamentals. Also, throw the NBA Jam announcer guy some cash – the stand-in Playgrounds used just wasn’t up to snuff.
NBA Playgrounds 2 fast breaks onto PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch this summer.